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Remembering My Brother: Richard Forest

(for a memorial service to be held 26 October 2013) By Jim Forest Remembering my brother, I recall a little boy, half-a-head shorter than I was, almost hidden in a cloud of steam while a train pulls into the southbound track of the Red Bank train station just as the sun is setting. It’s sometime […]

Marked for Life: an interview with Hildegard Goss-Mayr

[published in the November 1988 issue of Reconciliation International, journal of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation] During the past four decades, Hildegard and Jean Goss-Mayr have served the International Fellowship of Reconciliation as Travelling Secretaries, Vice Presidents and now, since the meeting of the IFOR Council in Assisi earlier this year, as Honorary Presidents. Several […]

The Gospel According to John Wayne

[a work in progress — text as of August 2013] by Jim Forest One of the unique aspects of being human is the role stories play in our lives and have played as far back as the human story is told. Stories inspire, enlighten, connect, delight, warn, admonish and surprise. We need them with an […]

My journey to the Orthodox Church: an interview with Jim Forest

An interview with Jim Forest made in mid-October 2007 by Elena Nazarova for Nikolaas in de Jordaan, the quarterly journal of St. Nicholas of Myra Russian Orthodox Church, located in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. For more about the parish, see its web site: EN: Dear Jim, we know you for a long time […]

A round-about journey to the Orthodox Church: an interview with Fr. Alexis Voogd

Interview made by Jim Forest at the Voogd apartment in Amsterdam on the fifth of April, 1990.   [starting the tape recorder] This looks serious! But will my English make sense? I admire your gift for languages. Oh, Jim! There are blank spots in my English and they are getting more and more. Can you […]

Meeting Thomas Merton

(a talk given in Prades, France, May 2006, in the course of a pilgrimage organized by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada) by Jim Forest Each of us has a memory of Merton’s entrance into our lives. Usually it has to do with coming upon one of his books. It is the same for me. […]

Remembering Thomas Merton

A round table discussion between a few of Merton’s friends – Tommie O’Callaghan, Donald Allchin, Jim Forest and John Wu, Jr. (a conversation chaired by David Scott, chairman of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Irealnd) David Scott: The title of this conference is Your Heart is My Hermitage. We didn’t pick it […]

Getting From There to Here

by Jim Forest My parents were people radically out of step with the America of the cold-war fifties. In those days they both belonged to the Communist Party. This made me a “red-diaper baby.” Yet religious inspiration played a major part in the lives of my parents as long as I can remember. An orphan […]

Between Constantinople and Istanbul

This is the journal Nancy and I kept during a ten-day stay in Istanbul in 2003. Some of the photos taken in that period are here: 24 April 2003, Holy Thursday Are we in Istanbul? Or Constantinople? Winston Churchill had no doubt it was the latter. As he wrote in a memo to the […]

Thomas Merton: a poster boy?

Often works of biography reveal more about the author than about his subject. Mark Shaw’s recent book about Thomas Merton strikes me as a case in point. Here is the review I wrote for the Winter issue of The Merton Seasonal. Jim * * * Beneath the Mask of Holiness: Thomas Merton and the Forbidden […]